Rakshabandhan 2022: Seven Eco-Friendly Rakhis Ideas to Celebrate Your Sibling’s Love in a Sustainable Way

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With the start of August, the festive season in India has officially begun. And the long-awaited Rakshabandhan is just around the corner. And no, we’re not talking about the movie!

The Rakhi festival celebrates the bond between a brother and a sister. Every year, the sisters tie rakhis to their brothers while praying for their long life and happiness. In return, the brothers promise to protect them from all trouble (and shower them with gifts!).

While it’s the sentiment that counts, rakhis have become more extravagant and decorative over the years. And by decorative, we mean a lot of plastic and other non-biodegradable materials are used to make the rakhi. While brother-sister love (and hate) is eternal, can the material symbolizing this bond be more enduring?

The day after Rakshabandhan, when the siblings start bickering again and all the sibling adulation disappears with a poof, the rakhis find themselves tossed in the trash. Millions of rakhis are thrown away every year after the festival, and the tiny beads and trinkets that adorn the threads turn into environmental pollutants.

Surely there must be a way to celebrate this beautiful festival without harming the environment, right? In hopes of motivating people to celebrate Rakshabandhan in a sustainable way, we have detailed some examples of eco-friendly rakhis:

Plant a rakhi with love

Seed Rakhis: Many rural women across Odisha have come together and fashioned rakhis made of biodegradable materials like cane and bamboo designed with a seed from an indigenous tree placed on top.

Other vegetable and fruit seeds can also be used to decorate rakhis. When thrown into the ground later, the seeds could grow into plants, which could serve as a reminder of the bond you share with your sibling.

Gau rakhis: Rakhis made from cow dung with tulsi or other flower seeds incorporated are another fascinating idea. Dried cow dung patties can be cut into any shape you like, and when planted later, they could be used as manure for germinating seeds.

Take your rakhi and eat it too!

Rakhis with dried fruits: Dried fruits are an important part of any Indian feast, and using them to adorn your rakhis is a great way to decorate them while avoiding waste.

Chocolate Rakhis: Is your brother a fan of chocolates? Grab a few candies that are lying around and quickly shape a rakhi by attaching them to a string. While people are trying to turn even yarn into something edible, chocolate coated silk yarn has been around for a while now.

A promise of nature protection

recycled rakhis: Keep in touch with your artistic side by opting for a DIY rakhi using materials already laid at home. Anything from pretty buttons to ribbons can be used to make beautiful rakhi.

crochet rakhi: Do you like to knit and crochet? Channel your energies to personalize a colorful rakhi using trailing thread. Fabric scraps can be used to create a floral centerpiece.

clay rakhi: Use clay or natural paste to create unique shapes for your rakhis and make them as colorful as you want.

The bottom line is that there are many ways to celebrate our festivals responsibly, without harming the environment. Using such rakhis not only shows the love you have for your brother but also for Mother Earth who nurtures us. All you need is a little creativity and craftsmanship!

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